A message from Mitsotakis to Erdogan
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a strong message in the wake of recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his discussion in Davos on Wednesday with World Economic Forum President Borge Brende.
Responding to a question regarding Erdogan's reaction and relations with Turkey, Mitsotakis said:
"...we are neighbours [with Turkey], we always need to talk, and we always want to keep channels of communication open. We are never going to be the ones who will not talk with our neighbours. On the other hand, if President Erdogan thinks that I will not defend the sovereignty and sovereign rights of Greece and I will not make the case to the international audience that Turkey is behaving as a revisionist power, then he's wrong."
According to AMNA, Mitsotakis went on to refer to his meeting with Erdogan and the fact that this was followed a month later by an unprecedented number of overflights by Turkish military planes over Greek islands. Stressing that this behaviour was "completely unacceptable", Mitsotakis said that he "will raise this issue whenever I can until Turkey changes its behaviour."